We’ve been learning how to be better Christians from an unlikely source: sequoia trees. Their ability to live for thousand of years, often in soil only a few feet deep comes with plenty of life lessons. So far we’ve learned the importance of resisting isolation as well as the importance of an ever-widening relationship with God’s people.

Today, let’s go a little deeper into the topic of interdependence.

Not only do sequoia trees gain strength from intertwined roots, they also gain nutrients and added resources. Think about the spiritual principles here.

Not only do we go together, we grow together. We share resources, tips, growth strategies, principles, and so much more.

Although we are competing in a race (Hebrews 12, 1 Corinthians 9), we’re not competing against each other. Jesus is the standard, not the people running next to you. Keep your eyes off of yourself and your performance and on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith!

Not only is this how Christians should interact, but it’s how churches should interact as well. People who don’t know Jesus should be drawn to Jesus by the unity they see between churches in their city. As long that other church down the road is preaching Jesus, you’re on the same team! They’ll do it differently than you, but that’s ok because God will use them to reach people you’re not reaching!

This is not a competition. It’s a lifelong race with Jesus as our motivation!

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